A comprehensive environmental policy to make Penang’s future sustainable and green is on the way.
Climate change is here. Penang was hit by one of the worst floods in its history on November 4 last year. The 15-hour storm paralysed the state, causing huge floods and uprooting trees. A record 372mm of rainfall was charted, with winds blowing at 64kmph, and all worsened by a high tide.
Many attributed the freak weather, among other factors, to the effects of Typhoon Damrey in Vietnam. Seven lives were lost, while 12,662 victims from 3,068 families were evacuated.
Penang then quickly got down to the hard and painful work of recovery. The state government allocated RM100mil to help the flood victims and organised relief efforts throughout the state.
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